SEOUL -- Until 2011, Hyundai Mobis Co., South Korea's biggest supplier, didn't have an autonomous-driving technology program. Then it poached a General Motors engineer to form one, and he's been playing catch-up ever since.
Shin Kwang-keun, who oversees the research at Mobis' advanced engineering group, says the company is, for now, still a fast follower. But his team aims to help the Hyundai-Kia group make advanced safety systems and autonomous-driving features mainstream by 2020.
"We are not that far behind. We think we are behind by about a year or so," Shin told Automotive News. "We might not be the first to produce this kind of stuff," he said, "but as soon as we see it as successful, we can move."
Mobis can deploy its advanced safety technology within six months after the leaders, he said.
Mobis, the biggest supplier to Hyundai-Kia, plays a key role in keeping the carmaker in the race with advanced driver assist systems, or ADAS, the next-generation braking and steering controls that are a stepping stone to self-driving cars.